Halloween movies to watch this season


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Am overlooked Halloween classic from Disney should be in your October rotation.

Lindsey Baum, Staff writer

Everyone can agree on one thing surrounding holidays: the movies are the best part. For Halloween, there are a wide range of types of movies, from horror thrillers to family comedies. So, settle in, and decide for yourself what the best Halloween movie is.

  1. Twitches (2006)- This family-friendly Disney movie focuses on twin sisters, played by Tia and Tamera Lowry, who are separated at birth by their mother. When they reunite at age 21, they discover their powers as witches, and set out to save their native kingdom from darkness. Fast-paced, entertaining, and exciting, this movie is the perfect watch for someone of any age to be sucked into the world of Halloween magic.
  2. Halloweentown (1998)- In another classic Disney tale, a teenage girl discovers she is a witch, and must work to save a town full of other supernatural creatures. Over the course of this story, you will be entertained by the action and exploits of the main character, and have your heart warmed by the bonds formed between the creatures of the town. As a bonus, the movie has three sequels to keep the fun going.
  3. Hocus Pocus (1993)- Following a strong string of spooky Disney Movies, this classic tells the tale of two teenagers in Salem, Massachusetts, exploring an abandoned house, and accidentally releasing a coven of slumbering witches. As the teenagers work to stop the witches from becoming too powerful, several hijinks occur in the town which always keeps the audience on its toes.
  4. Ghostbusters (1984)- After three high-tech scientists lose their jobs, they set out on adventures to wage war against the supernatural creatures of New York City. Over the course of the movie, you will surely be impressed by the modern special effects and exciting ghost chases. In addition, the modern 2016 remake promises even more impressive sights and scenes.
  5. Casper (1995)- In everyone’s favorite story, this friendly ghost peacefully haunts a mansion, until a ghost communicator brings his daughter, and Casper falls in love. Their romance is troubled by Casper’s transparency, and his trouble-making family members. However, this story never fails to fall short on the emotional impact.
  6. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)- As with all Charlie Brown specials, this one never fails to disappoint. As Charlie Brown camps out to watch for the great pumpkin, all of his friends, like Linus, Lucy, and Sally, are out having fun on Halloween. Charlie Brown always provides a strong sense of entertainment, and this Halloween special certainly lives up to expectations.
  7. Edward Scissorhands (1990)- Although not specifically Halloween related, this tale about a boy with scissors for hands certainly brings the level of spookiness required to classify it under the general category. Despite the sadness of Edward’s predicament, this Tim Burton tale contains just the right balance of creepy and heartwarming to win it a place on this list.
  8. Young Frankenstein (1974)- A Halloween tale for the ages, in this tale, a scientist creates a green, oversized monster: Frankenstein. As Frankenstein discovers the iniquities of life, the audience is both intrigued and amazed by his gentle nature. If you are looking for a classic tale with a perfect splash of creepiness, this tale is perfect with you.
  9. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)- Even though this movie is focused on Christmas, the main character turns his town into a spooky Halloween haven through his dreams. With an enchanting soundtrack and impressive visuals, this movie is definitely in consideration for the top Halloween movie of all time.